The newly established AFL Grand Final public holiday on Friday, October 2nd permitted Victorians to take a long weekend with many old school rockers and rodders finding their way early to Newstead in central Victoria for the 11th Chopped festival. With the basic premise for the event to be pre 65 rides and no billet, there’s always an interesting array of rat rods, hot rods, wild customs and radical creations to be found throughout the vast Newstead racecourse.
The biannual Chev Convention put on by the 55 56 57 Chevrolet club of Victoria found itself in a new location this year. Situated on the banks of the Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama played host to the club and participants of the 11th bow tie spectacular. The historic port of Echuca with its paddle steamer fleet, historical buildings and open view streetscape complete with horse and carriage rides was the perfect setting for a family weekend away combined with their favourite vocation of classic cars and cruising.
Having never considered the Japanese classic car scene before, this was an opportunity to broaden my view on our ever growing Australian classic car scene and attend the Estblished Japanese Classic car show held at Como House.
I rocked up to find rows and rows of the north Asian classics on display from stockies in their original as well as restored condition through to the high performance modified and exotics.
On a day normally reserved for horse power of the four hoofed variety, Kingpin Kuztums decided it was time to showcase the four wheeled variety and their impressive boost of horse power in the form of 1/4 mile straight line racing!
Calder Park Raceway was the place to be on the first Tuesday of November, a public holiday for Melbournites, thanks to the running of the Melbourne Cup. Rob and his team, in conjunction with the Calder Park staff, brought together the sights and sounds of the rockabilly world with the fast paced action of drag racing! This rockin and racin, smokin and cruisin atmosphere encapsulated everything that’s cool about our scene!
Kev’s Carpark is a retrospective look back to the past with fondness when the now Westfield multi-story carpark was a flat black-top carpark and a great hangout for locals and their rides while grabbing one of the best burgers around from Kev and Jo’s food van!
Kev and Jo run this annual event as a way of catching up with all of us who spent many weekends into the early morning just hanging out and hanging laps!
I knew it was going to be a big event when I saw the likes of Batman, Starsky and Hutch, Boss Hog, Mad Max and numerous other well-known TV celebrities cruising down the boulevard in their mildly modified machines! Even Doc Everett came back from the future in the Delorean to partake in the action! The procession of classic chrome and sweet swooping lines gleaming off the two and four wheel machines heading through St. Kilda gave the Sunday morning coffee crowd an inkling that this was to be no ordinary Sunday in the strip which says a lot for a seaside suburb with an eclectic reputation!
Arriving early morning at Westgate Sports Centre, Elvis and his crew were preparing for ShowcarsMelbournes’ main day. Having had all the show cars brought in and set up inside the day before meant it was just a matter of preparing for the enthusiasts and their families with food marquees, trade stands and various entertainment aspects of the show.
The Holden brand has long been part of the Australian scenery, it’s popularity soaring from the introduction of the first Holden, the 48-215 or more commonly known as the FX through the muscle car era of the seventies seeing the Monaros dominate on racetracks around this wide brown land and on the ever popular family Commodore and its own selection of luxury and muscle bred models.
Chrysler is one of those car marques that never hit the top when marketing their latest models, always playing second fiddle to both Ford and GM yet when you look at the style and innovations of Chrysler and the later incorporated Dodge along with Mopar and Plymouth, one has to ask why? Their styling was out there, second to none, they innovated and incorporated luxury items into their standard models such as push button autos, plush interiors, big motors with lots of torque while also developing purpose built race cars for both strip and circuit and have only been recognised for their achievements in the automotive industry as we look back on the past! Their muscle cars are now considered very desirable as can be seen at any auction, with bids on these classic beauties hitting well above the popular favourites of Mustangs and Camaros!
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Many car shows found on our social calendars tend to be one day static display events which make for great days out but sprinkled throughout these event dates is a host of weekenders known as rod runs or other similar events with descriptive names.
One of the biggest in Victoria is the Geelong Street Rodders’ Queenscliff Rod Run and it took place last weekend in the historic seaside township of Queenscliff, located on the Bellerine Peninsula. This year saw the biggest number of registered entries in excess of 570 all keen to take in the weekends entertainment, from Friday nights beer and barbie held at the local oval conveniently flanked by the caravan park where most attendees set up camp for the weekend through to Sundays massive show n shine located by the sea in Princes Park. Read More →